Author of the Day – Lorelei Bell

Lorelei at my book signing 2013 AprilHi Lorelei, thanks for taking the time to answer a few of my questions. Not at all, this will be fun. Nice to visit you again, Lucy!

I know you have a job aside of the full time job that being an author is, would you ever want to leave that and dedicate all your time to writing or are you, like me, one of the lucky people to earn money loving doing what they love?  I would leave it in a heartbeat, are you kidding? Driving transit (bus) is no picnic!

If you were given the choice would you go visit the set of the original Dracula film, Nosferatu, or would you want to visit a place from True Blood, the series based on the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novels? Probably the Nosteratu film, I’m a traditionalist.

And would you go there on your own, or in an organized group tour? No group tour. Ug! But I’d have to have my husband with me, he watches out for me. (:

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?  Well, blood, of course in my books–that sort of goes hand-in-hand with vampires, of course. Me, I’m on a diet, right now, so let’s say lettuce, cellery, and hard boiled eggs.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe? Oh, my, that’s a tough one, since most of my favorites I am not allowed to have (in a few months I might be able to eat a little of my potato salad–everyone loves it!) But, yeah, I can give it to you. Now???

Yes, please if you don’t mind. 🙂

POTATO SALAD (serves about 10-14)

10-12 fist sized red potatoes (boil in skins, about 20 min, check with a fork, if skins begin to peel get them out of the hot water and chill in ice water)

2 hard-boiled eggs- diced

1 stalk of celery – chopped

1/4 c. onion (red or white) – chopped

1/2 c pickle relish

(about) 3/4 c. Miracle Whip (or your choice mayonnaise)

1 T. mustard (I use Dijon)

1/2-1 t. salt (to taste – I try to remember to salt the water I boil the potatoes in)

dash of pepper

sprinkle paprika over top

Peel skins off potatoes, cut up into bite-sized cubes, mix in all other ingredients. You may have to eye the mayonnaise to your own taste. I like it creamy!

Hope you like this! It’s a family favorite for picnics. I can’t get out of having to make it for gatherings!

BEST version of cave with eyes-4What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?  “Vampire Caprice” and below you can read a short excerpt of it.

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I paused, keeping three steps away. When I saw her apply bright pink lipstick, I knew she was either color blind or a demon. I was pretty sure this was a demon made up to look human, and my stomach roiled at the idea of what would happen if it came down to me against her—or him—whatever.

She had one of those faces that had a lot of years mapped on them and the jowls drooped. Dark red eyes flashed at me, and the slits for pupils, like a goat’s eyes, confirmed it. I didn’t think she realized her human facade was not quite perfected.

“Hello,” she said in a sort of crackly voice. I guessed she was a heavy smoker by the sound of things in there. Or, maybe the demon’s voice simply sounded this way.

“Hi,” I said cautiously. “Nice restaurant.”

“Yes. Yes, the food. Magnificent!”

Well, it wasn’t magnificent, but it was good.

Dagger of Delphi was jumping inside my bag, wanting to get out and do its job.

The demon-lady turned to me, and the brown eyes turned a demonic shade of red.

Everything went to hell. Literally.

The demon snarled. Hands turned into claws, it lunged, and I skittered away. My fingers fumbled with the zipper of my backpack. Shit! Shit-shit-shit! Finally, it unzipped. The dagger flew out of the backpack before I could get it open all the way. I stifled my need to scream, backed up into the wall, and knocked a small pedestal over with fake flowers on it. It tumbled to the floor making a racket. The scream that rent the woman’s rest room came not from me, but from the demon. It was a horrible scream, starting out like a roar, and then it went high as the dagger jammed into it’s chest. Instantaneously the thing that pretended to be a woman burst into blue and red flames. Flames engulfed it until there was nothing left but a sooty, charcoal mass in the general shape of a human, still standing, until it decomposed into a pile on the floor. It might have taken about two or three minutes from start to finish, but it felt like an hour to me.

“Oh, shit!” I said under my breath. The smell of burnt demon made me gag. I had to cover my mouth and pinch my nose. I needed the hell out of there.

The dagger had extracted itself and hovered before me. I swiped it out of the air and shoved it back into my backpack. The demon, and the clothes lay in a pile of smoldering black ashes on the old plank floor. There was a little scorch mark, but that was all. What could I do?

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title? At first I called it “A Gathering of Angels, Demons and Vampires”, sort of the sub-title now. And then, because I have been trying to keep with the musical words after the “Vampire” in the title, the word “Caprice” best described this piece because it’s all over the place with a lot of characters, and I’ve done a little experimental writing with 3rd person and first person chapters.

What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books? I try to get as many spots as I can on blogs, such as yours, and cross my fingers. I do have a fan base and they are just itching to get their fingers on this next one.

Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it! After last year when my publisher quit and dumped 3 titles on me to get out there on my own, and I had to edit the third one, because he did such a lousy job of it, meanwhile I was trying to get this one done, plus get another book out… I’ve been sort of burned out and have been taking days off. Plus, I’ve become adicted to crocheting!

And finally can you tell me something none has ever heard before from you? I just love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂   I’ve always wanted to take a bb gun and shoot the butts of men who let their trousers hang off their asses. I’m a lousy shot, however, I’d probably miss (^;

 

Featured Author – Lorelei Bell

I am very proud to introduce to you … No, I should say, I’m honoured to feature the author of the Sabrina Strong Series. Yes, Peeps I’ve snagged her again and now she’s here. She is going to tell us all about her book and a bit about herself.

I proudly present to you … (Drumroll) Lorelei Bell.

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Hi Lorelei, glad you could make it. I see you’re very happy on that picture. Must be because of that great book on the table in front of you. From the series you’re currently working on another book …? 

Anyway, let’s get on with the interview.

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which works better for you?

How about a YEEEEHAWWW!

Okay, sounds like a real winner, but does it work all the time, even when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? When did you first start with it?

My muse kicks and screams at me. So, not likely. I think my muse has

been with me at birth.

You are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of

the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Vampire Nocturne

Vampire Nocturne

Available at Amazon

Love this cover! Anything to tell us about the book? I mean there has to be something you would like to say. 🙂

You’re kidding, right? I could ramble all day long

about it. Where do I start?

Anywhere, it’s your party, I’m just here to accommodate.

This is book #3 in the Sabrina Strong series. I wanted to have a story

that had a lot of mystery going, but also the Victorian/steam era sort

of had me enjoying the ride as well.

Sabrina Strong’s cousin, Lindee, has disappeared, and when she goes to

the last place Lindee was seen. She finds herself transported to

another world and century, where vampires rule. While trying to solve

the mystery of where Lindee could be in this world, Sabrina encounters

Drakulya—the real-life Dracula—a.k.a. The Impaler—who has somehow

managed to become a vampire living in this strange world, and rules as

King. He is mystified by Sabrina’s various abilities (like being able

to disappear at will from her imprisonment), and he’s decided she’s to

become his blood dame. Meanwhile his son, Jett, simply wants her,

despite the fact he is to marry a vassal’s daughter, Penelope.

Drakulya’s own wife, who is near death, and has been infected by

entities called Dreadfuls. When it is discovered Sabrina can “kill”

them, Drakulya gives her high status in his house (yep, no longer a

mere blood donor). Now Sabrina’s services have become high in demand,

and she has to figure out who is the creator of these creatures before

it’s too late. She needs to solve this mystery before she can find

Lindee, and must go up against a blood broker who may be behind the

murder of a popular and well-known blood dame—and wants her blood by

hook or crook.

There’s a fight scene at the end that involves Drakulya, other

vampires dueling, blood draining, and a little surprise about one

character who died in the end of the second book. Lots of hot hunks in

this one to keep the yummy meter running.

Lorelei! I must read the entire series now that you’ve supplied us with such an enticing blurb/synopsis *wishes she could write a synopsis like that, but that’s besides the point* Ahum, let’s go on with the interview.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Yes. At first, and then I remembered I was going with titles that

related to classical music references. (Vampire Ascending is from a

music title “Lark Ascending”,  Vampire’s Trill is from “Devil’s

Trill), Vampire Nocturne, just worked because of how the book takes

place in a world called “Beyond the Black Veil”, and how most of the

scenes are done at night. Just sort of fits.

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

I don’t know. I enjoy fantasy so much, I couldn’t do anything else.

But maybe mystery.

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I hate to market my books/myself.

You know I haven’t met an indie who really likes the marketing part of being an indie. Sorry for the interruption, go on.

If I could just sit at the computer

day and night I’d have thousands of books out by now. It gets

frustrating too. Who am I reaching out to? Are they listening? Will

they go and buy it? Have I made it sound so interesting that they

couldn’t possibly pass it up? Or did I over-sell. See? Drives me

loony!

Okay, now tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would

seriously drive her/him away?

When the feral cat mother had her kittens, and they were playing

outside my window—I sat and watched them. Now, how can you not watch

kittens play and act so crazy?

I guess when you love your hairy friends, you cannot resist, 🙂 I must admit, although I am not a great cat lover I do like the grumpy one and kittens are okay too I guess.

But what I’d like to know is what does your muse look like?

She’s invisible. But her voice is in my head 24/7.

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

Nope. If I did, my husband would have me put away for sure. But I like

when my characters talk to each other. I’ve done blog posts where they

talk about one another too.

Oh, that is a good idea, maybe I could invite them over sometime? Let them give me a holler if they ever have something to share.

Next question.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Coffee. Breakfast. Chocolate.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written

a whole day, and have me believe it too?

My teacher ate my computer? No? Oh, I know, had a power surge and

everything went out, we starved and froze. The End.

Hahahaha, *rolling on the floor laughing my skinny ass off* I believe you, yup I do. 🙂

And finally, why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard

slaving over a manuscript?

That’s a darn good question. I think I like to be alone, and in

another world entirely devoid of this one.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot

your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please

no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious.

Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love

those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

I love to travel with my husband (28 years together). We enjoy the

western states—live in boring Illinois. We live in a 1906 farm house,

on a restored prairie/wetlands park, and are the managers of it. I

love to go for long walks in the warmer months, birdwatch, check out

the flowers and so forth.

Wow, Lorelei that sounds like a place to be envious about. When can I come visit? (Just kidding of course, but it is a great place to grow old with the one you love)

As to secrets? I’ve always had a crush on Tom Sellack and would have

loved to ride around in that red Ferrari of his.

Who didn’t like Tom and his red Ferrari? Nothing to be ashamed of more of a fun fact really. Thanks for sharing all this with me and the readers.

Well peeps, that wraps up the interview, all that’s left is for Lorelei to share some personal facts with us. 

Come on, spill.

In her teens and adult years, Lorelei has always rooted for Dracula to

be the dark romantic hero, but was often disappointed. She was

considered odd because of her interestes in the macabre,

horror/vampire movies–way before it was “cool”.

When not at her day job, Lorelei works on her novels, inventing new

characters, hunky vampires and the worlds where they dwell. Her

writing has been compared to Anne Rice’s more gritty novels, but with

a humorous twist in the tradition of Charlaine Harris.

For those who’d like to follow Lorelei and Sabrina on their journey through life and books, she can be found on her blog Lorelei’s Muse

Thank you Lorelei for taking the time and sharing all this with us. I’ll see you around in this world of bits and bytes. Until then, read, write and be Distracted. And for those who are already hooked, the next one is coming and the cover will be as great as this one. 🙂

Featured Author Lorelei Bell

Finally! I’m very pleased to announce Lorelei Bell as featured author. 🙂

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Hi, Lorelei and welcome. I’m glad you agreed to this interview. I know how busy you are with the book so I’ll try not to Distract you, my fellow Writer of Mass Distraction. 🙂 Let’s get on with it.

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which

works better for you?

How about a YEEEEHAWWW!

Okay, sounds like a winner that one, but does it work all the time,

even those times when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? And

when did you first start with it?

My muse kicks and screams at me. So, not likely. I think my muse has

been with me at birth.

You are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of

the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Vampire Nocturne

Vampire Nocturne

Available at Amazon

Love this cover! Anything to tell us about the book? I mean there has to be something you would like to say. 🙂

You’re kidding, right? I could ramble all day long

about it. Where do I start?

Anywhere, it’s your party, I’m just here to accommodate.

This is book #3 in the Sabrina Strong series. I wanted to have a story

that had a lot of mystery going, but also the Victorian/steam era sort

of had me enjoying the ride as well.

Sabrina Strong’s cousin, Lindee, has disappeared, and when she goes to

the last place Lindee was seen. She finds herself transported to

another world and century, where vampires rule. While trying to solve

the mystery of where Lindee could be in this world, Sabrina encounters

Drakulya—the real-life Dracula—a.k.a. The Impaler—who has somehow

managed to become a vampire living in this strange world, and rules as

King. He is mystified by Sabrina’s various abilities (like being able

to disappear at will from her imprisonment), and he’s decided she’s to

become his blood dame. Meanwhile his son, Jett, simply wants her,

despite the fact he is to marry a vassal’s daughter, Penelope.

Drakulya’s own wife, who is near death, and has been infected by

entities called Dreadfuls. When it is discovered Sabrina can “kill”

them, Drakulya gives her high status in his house (yep, no longer a

mere blood donor). Now Sabrina’s services have become high in demand,

and she has to figure out who is the creator of these creatures before

it’s too late. She needs to solve this mystery before she can find

Lindee, and must go up against a blood broker who may be behind the

murder of a popular and well-known blood dame—and wants her blood by

hook or crook.

There’s a fight scene at the end that involves Drakulya, other

vampires dueling, blood draining, and a little surprise about one

character who died in the end of the second book. Lots of hot hunks in

this one to keep the yummy meter running.

Lorelei! I must read the entire series now that you’ve supplied us with such an enticing blurb/synopsis *wishes she could write a synopsis like that, but that’s besides the point* Ahum, let’s go on with the interview.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Yes. At first, and then I remembered I was going with titles that

related to classical music references. (Vampire Ascending is from a

music title “Lark Ascending”,  Vampire’s Trill is from “Devil’s

Trill), Vampire Nocturne, just worked because of how the book takes

place in a world called “Beyond the Black Veil”, and how most of the

scenes are done at night. Just sort of fits.

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

I don’t know. I enjoy fantasy so much, I couldn’t do anything else.

But maybe mystery.

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I hate to market my books/myself.

You know I haven’t met an indie who really likes the marketing part of being an indie. Sorry for the interruption, go on.

If I could just sit at the computer

day and night I’d have thousands of books out by now. It gets

frustrating too. Who am I reaching out to? Are they listening? Will

they go and buy it? Have I made it sound so interesting that they

couldn’t possibly pass it up? Or did I over-sell. See? Drives me

loony!

Okay, now tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would

seriously drive her/him away?

When the feral cat mother had her kittens, and they were playing

outside my window—I sat and watched them. Now, how can you not watch

kittens play and act so crazy?

I guess when you love your hairy friends, you cannot resist, 🙂 I must admit, although I am not a great cat lover I do like the grumpy one and kittens are okay too I guess.

But what I’d like to know is what does your muse look like?

She’s invisible. But her voice is in my head 24/7.

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

Nope. If I did, my husband would have me put away for sure. But I like

when my characters talk to each other. I’ve done blog posts where they

talk about one another too.

Oh, that is a good idea, maybe I could invite them over sometime? Let them give me a holler if they ever have something to share.

Next question.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Coffee. Breakfast. Chocolate.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written

a whole day, and have me believe it too?

My teacher ate my computer? No? Oh, I know, had a power surge and

everything went out, we starved and froze. The End.

Hahahaha, *rolling on the floor laughing my skinny ass off* I believe you, yup I do. 🙂

And finally, why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard

slaving over a manuscript?

That’s a darn good question. I think I like to be alone, and in

another world entirely devoid of this one.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot

your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please

no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious.

Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love

those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

I love to travel with my husband (28 years together). We enjoy the

western states—live in boring Illinois. We live in a 1906 farm house,

on a restored prairie/wetlands park, and are the managers of it. I

love to go for long walks in the warmer months, birdwatch, check out

the flowers and so forth.

Wow, Lorelei that sounds like a place to be envious about. When can I come visit? (Just kidding of course, but it is a great place to grow old with the one you love)

As to secrets? I’ve always had a crush on Tom Sellack and would have

loved to ride around in that red Ferrari of his.

Who didn’t like Tom and his red Ferrari? Nothing to be ashamed of more of a fun fact really. Thanks for sharing all this with me and the readers.

Well peeps, that wraps up the interview, all that’s left is for Lorelei to share some personal facts with us. 

Come on, spill.

In her teens and adult years, Lorelei has always rooted for Dracula to

be the dark romantic hero, but was often disappointed. She was

considered odd because of her interestes in the macabre,

horror/vampire movies–way before it was “cool”.

When not at her day job, Lorelei works on her novels, inventing new

characters, hunky vampires and the worlds where they dwell. Her

writing has been compared to Anne Rice’s more gritty novels, but with

a humorous twist in the tradition of Charlaine Harris.

For those who’d like to follow Lorelei and Sabrina on their journey through life and books, she can be found on her blog Lorelei’s Muse

Thank you Lorelei for taking the time and sharing all this with us. I’ll see you around in this world of bits and bytes. Until then, read, write and be Distracted.